Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Good News Minutes Ep. 1 (15 Minutes)



 A short report for today but it may be just what someone needs to get the inspiration for the responsibilities at home. My family and friends are giving one another one good news report every time we communicate. I hope you like this one.  Since we began, everyone involved has said
they have so much good news to report they don't have time to report it all. Listen to see what kinds of things are good news.


I used two books as examples for creating your own course at home to include on your daily list:

This one was from a book subscription by mail, years ago and it contains many different aspects of the household; more than cooking and cleaning.  Its pages bring color, creativity and comfort to the dwelling place and would be great to use for a class of your own, if you used it with your own made up workbook, diary or art journal. Look around your house and find many publications you can use for a personal class or "course".  Give yourself a certificate upon completion.
If you do not want any more hands-on creative activities, try going through a high school history book from one of the homeschool companies.  This is one that we used for homeschool. 


Here is the poem I tried to recite:

Little drops of water,
Little grains of sand,
Make the mighty ocean
And the pleasant land.
So the little moments,
Humble though they be,
Make the mighty ages
Of Eternity.
So the little errors
Lead the soul away
From the paths of virtue
Far in sin to stray.
Little deeds of kindness,
Little words of love,
Help to make earth happy,
Like the Heaven above.”


― Julia A.F. Carney 1945

Keep your minutes good and guard them as though they were precious gems, for they make the hours of the day.


Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Enabled at Home



Hello Dear Ladies at Home (or want to be)
Today I describe what being at home enables us to do, have, or be.

Please enjoy doing some things at home while you listen:


The Home Enables: -- Resting after some tasks. You don't have to be on your feet all day.
--Limits outside demands on your life.
--Good for your mind and body; guiding, guarding and care for it provides purpose.
--Gives insight into the challenges of the homemakers of bygone days.
--Leisure to rebuild your strength, but don't turn leisure into work.












Friday, June 11, 2021

New Title Picture

 


Above is the title picture from the last couple of years. I like the new change, and it is only slightly different but very soft and fresh in color.

This is what it looks like now:
The description is a little different, too.

Here are some more Catherine Klein paintings. 

(I'm not entirely sure about this one, but it was in a Catherine Klein collection on a page. It doesn't have her signature like the others but seems to be her style.)











She painted other types of flowers, as well as fresh fruit, baskets, and more.

Dover printable clip art has these appealing roses in a florist box. Do florists still do this? I like those long boxes, and have seen them  before.





I hope you are all feeling rested, and enjoying life today.
Thank you for your lovely comments.


Lydia






















Wednesday, June 09, 2021

Luxury Living



Please enjoy your time at home today while you listen to homemakers radio. I hope you achieve a lot.


This a a book I showed:

You can use Victoria, Tea Time and other Hoffman Media publications as your homemaking "tools."


Think about the 6 things you think are most important for your peace and contentment in life. Here is a suggestion:
Character Development 
Homemaking
Hospitality
Tea Time
Letter Writing
Feminine Dress
Art, Literature, Music

Character scriptures I mentioned
Phlippians 4:8
Galations 5:22
2 Peter 1:5-8

Luxury living doesn't mean you need a lifestyle of the rich an famous. Several luxury items I pointed out today in the video were:
The luxury of time: When things are orderly, less time is spent rushing around, catching up, etc. and more time for rest.
The luxury of Comfort:  It doesn't take a high end holiday to have comfort every day in your life: clean bedding and bath towels, shiny floors and clean porches, etc. I've known people who lived in places that looked like ruins, but their domains were luxurious in all these small ways.
Luxury Cuisine:  If you grown your own or shop the fresh market and prepare it yourself, it tastes like luxury. There are so many free cooking classes and shows online, or for a small donation, that there is no reason not to know something about preparing fresh meals.
The Luxury of activities and pasttimes. I promised to leave a link to this girl's art journal lessons, someone I personally am acquainted with.
The luxury of hand crafted items that serve you well at home, and items you have made yourself. Before things were taken up by factories, we made our own potholders, dishtowels,  paintings, candles soap, and more.  I'm not suggesting hours of hard labor, but just trying one thing one time, for the experience.
The luxury of personal care:  We are so accustomed to out-sourcing everything from education to hair care, that it can be a real luxury to learn how to DIY.
The luxury of rest:  Rest is a great healer and restorer, and there are plenty of people teaching the merits of this, one being Dr. Berg





Sunday, June 06, 2021

We Do Many Things in the Home




Please enjoy your home during this Homemaking Radio broadcast. Possibly you can get one or two jobs finished during the video.



Things I talked about on the broadcast:
Someone picked parsley, sage, thyme and mint from their garden and brought it to me. I think this is such a good thing for a gift. Roses also are great from the garden, and have a beautiful scent. You can keep the fallen petals and put them in a dish for more scent.  I once received a package from someone which, rather than being packed with styrofoam pieces or plastic padding, was poured over into the spaces with dried rose buds!!!
My little ones enjoyed using old fashioned construction paper and chalk as an old fashioned chalk board project.  A tissue was used as an eraser. 


Newsletter from Amy, On the Journey

Books used in home education that are "Christ centered":
Learn about sentence structure, spelling and writing, with sentences containing good values and lofty, character-building thoughts.

I also mentioned the play, "When Queens Ride By" and found a place where you could print your own copy: HERE


What I wore:


All cotton dress. Cost of materials
aproximately $25
Close up of the print--birds and feathers. Material was
also available in aqua, yellow and peach.

Thank you for listening today. Hopefully I will "see" you here more often as I try to post in a timely manner!

Monday, May 31, 2021

Voice Version



Hello Everyone,

The video part was no good but my staff managed to rescue the voice part for you. This is even better because there isn't anything to watch and you can just listen while you enjoy getting your work done.

 

Monday, May 24, 2021

Slideshow 1


While going through old pictures and cleaning out some of my files, I gathered some  photographs from a couple of years ago, of my home,  and thought you would enjoy this slideshow. I hope to have another one showing the updated look around house and garden. 

This is put together to resemble the time when I had the "Inn at Calm Village." View it on your enlarged version for enhanced reality.

Slideshow by one of my technicians, Mrs. Humphrey of The Pleasant Times

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Overcoming and Thriving in the Home



Hello Everyone,
I'm honored you came to listen while you enjoy your beautiful homes. Today I talk a lot about character and a little about Exodus.

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Here are the publications I suggested adapting into  personal "thrive" courses:





Below: there is a boys version available also:


note below; there is a manners book by the same author for boys/young men, called Man in Demand. 







Saturday, May 22, 2021

Cottage Core


Hello Everyone, 

This week I have been noticing something called "Cottage Core."  One of my visitors said, "Oh, I see you have a cottage core decor style."  I looked it up and found this book, above,

I was delighted to see it is  simply the use of hand made and handed down things we used back "in the olden days."  It is very comforting in these strange political times, when the world doesn't know which way is up.  Well, we do, at home, don't we.

Today I am sharing some photos of the sewing room, in which I have managed to put two beds--a daybed and a toddler bed. I kept the children's beds because I like them.












I am planning on speaking to you very soon.

Lydia


Sunday, May 16, 2021

Bloom Where You Are Planted





Hello Ladies,

Please enjoy your household routine while you listen to the broadcast today:



I showed a panorama of a few changes around here.


The bulletin piece I read:

1. Plan your day, or your week, so that you have a workable plan.
2. Learn to do one thing at a time. A tense person tends to scatter his activities and when he is doing one thin, he is worrying about doing something else.
3. Do not take yourself too seriously. Keep a good sense of humor. God gave mankind the power to weep and to laugh. 
4. Learn the art of relaxation. Each person has to find his own way to relax.
5. Learn to live as though in the presence of God. God challenges us to live our best, then leave the rest in His hands. The strings of the harp might be drawn tight, so that there may be melody and beautiful harmony.  If we are to make a life of music as our Lord intends it, our lives must be drawn to a certain tension. We must let God to the tuning of us, for it is His fingerers that must pluck the melody from the strings. - R. H.

I spoke of keeping conversation on a higher level, and referred to the words of this hymn:

The scripture I read:

For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue,[a] and virtue with knowledge,
 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, 
and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.
 For if these qualities[b] are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 
For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. 
10 Therefore, brothers,[c] be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall.

 Peter 1:5-10


This old style shed is here on the same property as The Manse, and I am thinking of painting a picture of it.  It looks very rough but as storage goes, everything is very dry inside, and there is no mold or mildew or any scent of decay inside, even though it has no insulation. I thought of it when I was perusing wall art at the Hobby Lobby site and spotted several old shed and old barn pictures.